Katrina Parsons - 01 Oct  2020

Halloween Cooking:
Frozen Yoghurt Banana Spookies

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

This year I decided to get into the halloween spirit a little more, but in our own way. I am trying to be mindful of not buying decorations that will only be used for a few days before they are discarded into the rubbish, encouraging companies to keep making throw away items and being detrimental to our environment. 

That includes buying any dress ups and also any styling items that we used to shoot this content. We used only things we could use again or eat!

Also I wanted to make these recipes as easy and as healthy as possible. I don't mind Maeve having treats but I want them to not have loads of butter, refined sugars and other nasties. 

Recipes for kids to cook should be fun and this one is no exception! It has no baking or cooking so it means that it's easier for toddlers and kids to get involved. Yes it will be messier but aren't the best memories you have cooking as a kid when your hands are dirty while licking the spoon???
Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits 

Sensory Experience - Cooking with Kids

We are a boutique fashion label creating mum and daughter matching outfits, and we want to show you how baking with kids, and also cooking with kids can be fun and a great sensory experience for them.

Recipes for kids we think are perfect if  they can get involved and touch, feel and smell the ingredients.  

If your little ones are old enough they can help chop the bananas - a great introduction to cutting because bananas are nice and soft so require less precision and pressure! 

There's also lots of fun to be had as they dip the bananas into yoghurt, will it be messier - yes, but will it be fun and a great learning experience for them - YES!

Easy recipes for kids are the ones I keep going to again and again, and this isn't limited to just halloween! You can get creative and add other toppings such as crushed nuts to the peanut butter, or some melted dark chocolate as a treat!
Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits 

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Cooking with Kids Cooking with Toddlers

- Let them feel, taste and smell each ingredient separately and explain what each one is
- If they're old enough you can let them help chop the bananas. They're a great fruit to start them on cutting as they're soft!
- Let them they can be involved in the process of dipping and spreading the yoghurt and nut butter, as well as putting on the eyes. Maeve really enjoyed putting the eyes on the bananas, and it's a great chance for them to work on their fine motor skills.

General Rules:
- Always have something on hand for them to play with. It will save lots of mess and frustration. E.g. measuring spoons, measuring jugs.
- I measure my ingredients before hand. I find Maeve enjoys the mixing parts most and gets bored (and therefore destructive) if she isn't getting involved.
- Please always take care when your kids are in the kitchen. We are only providing advice from a mum's point of view and you should never leave children around sharp objects or unattended. 

Recipes for Kids - Halloween Baking Recipes - Mother and Daughter Matching Outfits

Recipe Cooking with Kids Cooking with Toddlers

INGREDIENTS
- 2 Bananas (2 bananas made the 12 sticks shown above)
- 1.5 cup Greek yoghurt (we opt for an organic one, to make it vegan you can use coconut yoghurt)
- 1 tablespoon honey (we opt for an organic one, to make them vegan you can use maple syrup)
- Edible eyes (we bought a packet from our local Sainsbury's but you can also use chocolate chips or raisins)
- 1/4 cup nut butter (try and look for one that doesn't use palm oil, we like Meridian which you can buy at most supermarkets - click here). For this one I actually used cashew nut butter which is why it looks a bit darker.
-
12 wooden craft sticks

METHOD
1. Line a baking tray with baking paper (I like to spray the tray first with some oil to stop the paper from moving - a trick my grandmother taught me) and make some space in your freezer for this tray
2. Peel both bananas
SPOOKY GHOSTS
3. Take 1 banana and cut it in half across the middle. Then cut these in half lengthways. You'll then have the 4 long ghost shapes like the first picture above
MUMMY MONSTERS
4. Take the other banana and remove the top and bottom to create a flat log (eat or give to your little one). Then cut in half and then cut these into half again. You'll now have 4 little stumps which you can now cut in half widths to give you the little monster shapes that you see in the first picture above.
5. Put these onto the baking tray and carefully push your wooden craft stick into the bananas. Go as far in as you can, but not too far that the banana splits -  just take it slowly
6. Cover your baking tray in cling film and place into the freezer for at least an hour
7. Mix the yoghurt and the honey/ maple syrup together
8. Take the tray out of the freezer and carefully dip each stick into the yoghurt mixture. You can also use a spoon just to cover them if you are worried they'll break. Add eyes onto them and then place them back onto the tray. 
9. After another hour in the freezer take out the smaller monsters and drizzle peanut butter over (if your peanut butter is thick you can put it in a microwavable bowl and heat in the microwave for a little until its runnier).
10. After at least another hour they are ready to eat!! Anything with yoghurt can be stored in the freezer up to 2 months!
11. Enjoy and please tag us in any pictures - it really helps a small brand like mine! @me.and.maeve grace - plus it gives you a chance to be featured on our page!!!


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